Browse Abstracts (76 total)

| by Gianni, Enzo

Zorina is considered too young to dance with the other elephants at the circus. The clowns, realizing how much Zorina wants to dance, teaches her. Modoc, the star elephant, becomes sick from eating too many peanuts. Zorina surprises everyone and dances so well that she becomes a star.

| by Sutcliff, Rosemary

A ministrel finds a dragon-pup egg on a beach and adopts it after it hatches. The minstrel raises the dragon-pup, Lucky, until he is stolen. Due to Lucky's absence, the minstrel's songs suffer until he is once again united with Lucky.

| by Bloom, Suzanne

A very persistent pig tries to escape from his pig pen everyday by going to great lengths to be free. The owners finally give up and keep the pig in their parlor.

| by Rowe, John

Albert, an old rabbit, does not sleep well so he finds nightly comfort in gazing at the moon. One night, Albert does not see the moon, so he takes full responsibility for putting the moon back into the sky, once he finds it. Can Albert really do this?

| by Krull, Kathleen

As a young girl, Wilma Rudolph contracted polio. Through hard work, she is able to walk without her leg brace. She plays basketball in high school, goes to college on a track scholarship, and wins three gold medals in the 100, 200, and 4x100 meter dashes.

| by Stevens, Janet

Hare and Bear decide to become business partners. Due to Bear's laziness, Hare tricks him three times. This is a great book because it shows children proper eating habits (with vegetables) and it provides a moral.

| by Rappaport, Doreen

With the help of Mother Jones, a famous leader, the miners go on strike to fight for better working conditions and wages. Rosie's family struggles to survive the eight-month strike. The persistant women and miners force the owners to give in, and the strike ends with victory.

| by Scieszka, Jon//Smith, Lane

The moral of the story changes with every page depending upon the fable, the ani keeping his talent to himself, he decides to go out into the forest to sing. What he finds is no one believes a frog can sing, so frog has to keep going until someone gives him a chance.

| by Goss, Linda

Frog wants to do something no frog has ever done before; sing!He practices and practices until he gets so tired of keeping his talent to himself, he decides to go out into the forest to sing. What he finds is no one believes a frog can sing, so frog has to keep going until someone gives him a chance.

| by Stevenson, James

The animals of Mud Flat are having a yard sale. Items in the sale include a broken clock, an old footstool, and half an accordion. At the end of the day everyone is happy with their purchases.

| by Brooke, L. Leslie

A man's son, Simpleton, goes into the forest to cut wood. In the woods, he runs into a little man who gives him a golden goose with several wishes. Simpleton uses his new luck to benefit himself and lives happily ever after.

| by Martin, Jane Read//Marx, Patricia

Patty Jane's older sister Joy is perfect in everyway. She even likes to prepare and eat spinach. Patty Jane, however, refuses to eat spinach. Joy will not let Patty Jane leave the table until she eats a bite of spinach. In protest, Patty Jane plots how to make Joy leave the house.

| by Manushkin, Fran

Mr. Green tries very hard to get the perfect Christmas picture but can't seem to get one. He realizes that the best picture is them being themselves.

| by Rodda, Emily

For his birthday, a young boy gets a video game and keeps playing until he wins.

| by Wells, Rosemary

Young Max and his older sister Ruby are making cakes for their grandmother's birthday. Max adds ingredients for his cake to the shopping list, but the grocer doesn't know what it says until Max thinks to draw a picture of what he wants.

| by Kroll, Virginia

Dalila tries many different forms of dance, but it isn't until she dances in response to her own feelings that she truly becomes a star.

| by Burnett, Frances Hodge

Young Sara is forced to attend Miss Minchin's select seminary for young girls in London when her father gets shipped off to war. Miss Minchin, the director of the seminary becomes a bit apprehensive about Sara's stay with them because her father said that she is to have the very best of everything. When a note arrives that says Sara's father died, things change for the worse. Poor Sara is forced to live the life of a slave. She eventually meets up with an Indian gentleman who helps her to gain her life back.

| by Elmer, Irene

Anthony's father is a magician. Anthony tells his teacher and class that he wants to be a magician too. The class does not believe in magic, so Anthony is determined to prove to them that he can do it. He makes dragons grow right in front of their eyes, but they are unable to see the dragons because they do not believe.

| by Armstrong, Jennifer

Hugh is an orphan who wants to go to the city to make his fortune. Even though he encounters many obstacles, he pushes on and makes it to the city.

| by Larrabee, Lisa

A Native American girl learns how to make baskets from an elderly woman. As she learns, she also discovers many things about her life and herself.
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